It’s not just the curry that’s hot in India…
The highest temperatures ever recorded in India was on Thursday when it reached 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in Phalodi, in the western state of Rajasthan. It was over 50 degrees Celsius for 2 days in a row. Churu, In the state also recorded temperatures around 50 degrees Celsius ( 122 degrees Fahrenheit) in the same day.
In New Delhi, the capital, the temperature reached nearly 47 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
Previously Alwar, in Rajasthan held the highest temperature ever recorded at 50.6 degrees Celsius (123.1 degrees Fahrenheit) back in 1956. The guinness book of World Records, report that the highest temperature ever recorded was in Death Valley, California on July 10 1913 which was 56.7 degrees Celsius.
Rajasthan, home to the Thar desert, typically records the highest temperatures in India. Temperatures can soar as a result of incoming western winds from hot areas.
Red alert issued
The IMD has issued a red-level alert for Rajasthan as well as for other states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, where temperatures, despite not having crossed the 50-degree mark, are higher than average.
India has recorded higher than normal temperatures throughout 2016.
Many areas are experiencing severe heat waves and state governments estimate more than 370 people killed so far.
India recorded its highest ever temperature on Thursday, in Phalodi, Rajasthan, where numbers shot up to a burning 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
This comes on the back of a searing 2015, when more than 2,500 died in the summer. 2015’s high casualty rate has led to India’s National Disaster Management Authority coordinating with states on heat wave action plans to spread awareness and establish preventative measures.
Double whammy of heat wave and drought
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The heat wave has also coincided with another major environmental problem: drought.
After two successive below-average monsoons in 2014 and 2015, ground water levels have receded, impacting many rural Indians who rely on ground wells for drinking water.
The western Indian state of Maharashtra is one of the worst impacted, with the state government organizing emergency ‘water trains’ to bring daily supplies to villages.
The double whammy of heat and drought has led to accidents and fatalities.
On Monday, five men died in the northern state of Haryana when they attempted to restore a well that had fallen into disuse.
Authorities say the men were killed when they inhaled poisonous gas trapped in the well.
India’s meteorological department says the heat wave will continue into next week
India’s meteorological department says the heat wave will continue into next week. Many schools across the country have been operating on shortened days.
In June the monsoons are expected to arrive, bringing Rain and relief. The 2016 monsoons are forecast to bring an above-average amount of rainfall.
Areas or Sri Lanka and Southern India have been lashed with downpours caused by a tropical depression in the Bay Of Bengal.
Edited by Sam McMahon